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Metal Discussion / diSEMBOWELMENT
« on: May 03, 2021, 04:24:30 PM »
I finally picked up a copy of 'Transcendence into the Peripheral' after intending to do so for years and years,  but always having been previously put off by the high price. I think its influence on the current crop of death metal bands can be heard clearly,  but none of those bands seem to capture the same sense of otherworldliness. The heavy guitars overlaid with prominent clean sections; the spasmodic blasting drum patterns; the unique lyrical preoccupations that seem to lean into Zen Buddhism or something along those lines; the minimal artwork that makes sense when viewed in terms of the lyrics; the vast production that makes the whole thing feel open and often deceptively minimal. It's definitely one that stands out from that era as being particularly unique. I know many here will hold this record in high esteem so let's go!

Metal Discussion / The Shakesperean Frog
« on: April 05, 2021, 09:52:16 PM »
The name and artwork caught my eye as being ludicrous and evocative so I couldn't resist having a listen. I was expecting some form of Dungeon Synth but it's more of a mellow classical/ film score buzz. It's really nice stuff, in fact. I'm listening to the A Wonderful Meeting recording with Goose Mother so perhaps the other albums/ demos are different,  but this one is tremendous.

Metal Discussion / The Lone Madman
« on: April 01, 2021, 10:31:52 PM »
Well this is something. Doom metal in the vein of Reverend Bizarre but also bursting with its own inventions. Fantastic and often surprising song writing and the flute sections actually work unlike with Blood Ceremony who I never clicked with. This is the business.

Edit. I'm detecting a Griftegård influence too. Some other hints in there that I'm trying to decipher...

Metal Discussion / Black Wings of Devastation
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:33:10 PM »
A new Black Metal project from the grim midlands of Ireland. Demo coming soon.

Metal Discussion / Mystic Charm- Shadows of the Unknown
« on: February 23, 2021, 09:50:29 PM »
Just came across this and it sounds good to me. A Dutch doom death band from the 90s who released only this one full length,  along with a few demos and EPs. It's got a cheap, raw production that works for me, female death vox and some Beherit robot voice, church bells, loud acoustic bits... kind of cliched, but in the right way as far as I'm concerned. It's got some goodbad artwork too,  probably made for the singer's junior cert art project  8)

It is getting a tape reissue through Headsplit Records,  so I'll have to fire in an order.

Metal Discussion / :Nodfyr:
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:36:16 PM »
These lads are a new one on me. Kind of like a Dutch Forefather with distinctive vocals. Epic stuff.

Metal Discussion / Backwards evolved who bands
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:25:32 PM »
Just a little thought I have been mulling over lately, but are there any bands whose sound devolved, or evolved away from clarity and into oddballery and/or rawness? The general trajectory seems to be for bands to release a demo and then focus their sound more and more over subsequent releases. The sound more often than not trends towards professionalism but often the rough around the edges early stuff is full of promise and potential that gets wiped out in the maturing phase or, in many cases also might get replaced with something slicker and equally engaging. It is as if the fact that the demo stage is a bit more loose and unfocused, often also more poorly recorded, that it offers the listener's imagination more room to manoeuvre, to fill in the blanks or to simply wonder at the direction the band might go in. When the so-called maturing part happens then a lot of doors close, and in many cases the band goes the predictable, professional sounding route. Schrödinger's cat metal, cat often being the operative word (sorry, I couldn't resist).

I am on a particular buzz lately where I want the next thing I release, hopefully with Bacterium if we can get our shit together in the next couple of months, to go wonkier, more unpredictable, even less professional and utterly regressive, but perhaps not in an obvious way. Are there any bands who have taken that sort of avenue, I wonder. Maybe Fleurety? The sheer wonkery and disjointedness of Department of Apocalyptic Affairs springs to mind. Arguably Solstice, whose last album sounded less polished than their earlier stuff. Not many spring readily to mind, really, but I'd be interested to hear other examples.

Added brainfart- perhaps Covid might change the landscape. If gigs become a thing of the past could we see a little more risk taking from bands? Probably not, but a boy can dream...

Metal Discussion / Black Candle Wax
« on: February 02, 2021, 10:26:45 PM »
Really cool stuff here from the US. It's raw as Hell with gnarly distorted bass and prominent keyboards, and reminiscent of the likes of Forbidden Temple, Perverted Ceremony, Moenen of Xezbeth, Ride for Revenge etc. As such it's nasty sounding but sort of catchy and epic. Check it out if those other bands appeal to you.

Metal Discussion / Nocternity
« on: February 01, 2021, 08:50:47 PM »
Somehow we haven't got a thread for Nocternity yet but Amor Fati Productions have just reissued a few of their early EPs and their debut album and a nice looking new t-shirt design so now is as good a time as any to praise this excellent band.

I'm only familiar with Harps of the Ancient Temples and Onyx, both of which are a master class in epic mid paced black metal, so the reissues are a must have for me.

Allegibly there's a new album in the works as well!

Metal Discussion / Moss
« on: January 17, 2021, 10:58:10 PM »
Moss were so fucking good in their prime. I have Sinister Histories vol 1 on here and it's something else. The slowest, fucking nastiest and most evil sounding noise that I've yet encountered. There are countless bands trying the ultra slow, wall of sound approach, but much of it lacks that sense of mystery and otherworldliness that Moss conjured up at their best. I know a lot of people hated them because they were so ridiculous and minimal, but to me that was the whole point. It sort of fed your imagination. The song titles and grotty artwork were an essential component in nudging you into a certain frame of mind. I travelled across South America in 2006 and spent many a night sitting on a bus, travelling through desert and listening to Cthonic Rites on my Creative Zen, drawing all sorts of nutty stuff in my notebook. Good memories.

I find myself pulled back to those old sounds lately and it feels like that time in the early 00s was a very exciting and fruitful time for unorthodox extreme doom. Things went sideways somewhere along the way and the bands all lost that sense of obscurity and weirdness. I suppose it became cool to play two notes for half an hour through a huge stack of amps,  but the spirit of darkened crusty filth got traded in for bland bespectacled middle classery.

I'd like to see some properly fucking evil decaying filth re-emerge- bands who didn't just mention Lovecraft in interviews to seem hip,  but actually seemed to truly invoke the beasts of his imagination through their music. Bands who sang about and musically reflected dripping torture chambers, gloomy candlelight and cold, dripping caves or the terror lurking in the hateful cosmos.

Until then I'll keep returning to Moss and a few others from that era who defied all good taste and created something important.

Metal Discussion / Sigh
« on: January 15, 2021, 07:08:22 PM »
On a little Sigh buzz for the first time in a while. I have Infidel Art on and it's a cracking album. You can clearly hear their influences- a bit of Celtic Frost here,  a bit of Master's Hammer there,  even a bit of Cathedral in places perhaps? Despite that they have an instantly recogniseable sound,  not least of all because of Mirai's cool vocals.  The only other early release I have my them is Ghastly Funeral Theatre so last night I finally ordered Scorn Defeat, which sounded great from my little YouTube listen. Dunno why I never got around to it before now,  but that's often how it goes.  I never connected with their later stuff but the old BM style they had was the business.

Metal Discussion / Emperor
« on: January 07, 2021, 05:18:42 PM »
It seems there is no dedicated thread to Emperor so let's get one going. One of the first BM albums I picked up in the 90s was a promo copy of In the Nightside Eclipse for a pound in Freakout, if anyone remembers that little place. In retrospect it was one of the more fucked up and dark albums in my collection at the time and it still stands up alongside any of the other classics of Norwegian BM. It sounded unique with its combination of ultra violent yet catchy riffing, sweeping keyboards,  shrill vocals and occasional explosions of ultra noisy samples. The production is nasty as Hell but the drums sound monstrous in that Grieghallen kind of way. Add some iconic artwork and brilliantly pretentious waffly lyrics for good measure. Total winner!

Today I ordered the half speed master vinyl, which will be my third purchase of this savage album having picked up the CD remaster some years ago as well.

Can anyone explain what half speed master actually means or does for the sound? I simply want it on vinyl but really have no clue if that provides an actual sonic improvement or is a cool new gimmick?

Metal Discussion / John the Baptist- trad doom from Finland.
« on: January 03, 2021, 10:06:12 PM »

There was a time when I was utterly burnt out on this Reverend Bizarre style doom, when every Tom,  Dick and Harry was at it but the trend eventually died down and now in the absence of those giants I'm perhaps feeling a little more forgiving. John the Baptist are doing it and doing it well to my ear. There doesn't appear to be much here in terms of innovation admittedly, but I think the lads know how to capture a similar gravitas. Certainly worth a listen.

Metal Discussion / Andvaka
« on: December 31, 2020, 06:05:08 PM »
Listening to these Icelandic lads on bandcamp and I like it. They/he plays a type of quite laid back funeral doom with mostly clean low sung vocals (bit of a Wyrding influence there perhaps?). It may be of interest to some off you.

General Discussion / BBC4 Metal night this evening
« on: December 29, 2020, 06:37:49 PM »
What it says above. From 9pm there's an interview with Bruce Dickinson followed by BBC archive footage of metal bands playing and a Metallica gig. Might have to grab a few Guinni!

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